Over the last few days the internet has been ablaze with suggestions for what the title should be for the sequel to Rian Johnson’s smash hit Knives Out (my personal suggestion is Knives Out: The Last Detective). Johnson has yet to even start writing the film but we know that it will be an entirely new mystery for Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc to solve, meaning it is likely that none of the hugely talented ensemble will be returning. While this is a shame, it also presents an opportunity for an entirely new, star studded ensemble to take its place.
Following the success of the first film, it is likely Johnson is going to be able to attract even bigger names (especially due to the reasonably short amount of time it would take them to film) for his sequel. With this in mind, here is a realistic but absolutely ideal list of the cast I hope Johnson assembles…
This is the one certainty. Craig will be back to solve another case, and he’ll be bringing that delightful southern accent along for the ride.
Driver is not only one of the best actors of his generation, but he has already worked with Johnson and delivered a stunning performance in The Last Jedi. This is exactly the sort of film he would take on, and the Johnson/Driver reunion would add even more anticipation to this film. He can play both sympathetic and villainous at the flip of a coin, which would make him perfect for a murder mystery.
Comer is arguably my favourite actress working today, and her performance as Villanelle on Killing Eve is startling. She is starting to make moves into films in her breaks from shooting Killing Eve (including a film co-starring Driver) and this could be the perfect film as it would easily fit in a gap between seasons. She was supposed to star in Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile but had to drop out because of scheduling difficulties, so this could be the perfect addition to Comer’s filmography.
One of the 21st Century’s best actresses, and hopefully will soon be rewarded with a long overdue Oscar in the next couple of years. She can play mysterious and yet likable better than many other people, and would add a real feeling of prestige to this sequel.
I don’t know the story of this film, but if we could get Amy Adams, then we must get Sophia Lillis to play her daughter (she has already played a younger Adams in Sharp Objects) and this would be perfect casting. For actress who is still young, Lillis has great depth to her performances and could be a real asset.
One of South Korea’s biggest stars, who achieved global recognition in 2019 due to his starring role in the Best Picture winning Parasite. He is a brilliant actor, and it would be great to see him feature in a film like this. While he could play any sort of part very well, I think it would be great for him to be the local detective working alongside Blanc to solve the case, similar to Lakeith Stanfield in the first film.
This is a left field choice but one that reminds me of the casting of Don Johnson, but Douglas comes with even more star power and prestige. In his main era, he would’ve been the star of a film like this, so it would be fascinating to see what he could do with Johnson letting him run wild and have fun in a supporting role.
Kelly Marie Tran
This is a casting fans have been talking about for a long time and it is something I would definitely support. Tran received ridiculous backlash for her role in The Last Jedi and was inexplicably side-lined in the Rise of Skywalker, and she is a talented actress, so a reunion with Johnson for this film would make sense for everyone.
He reminded everyone in Uncut Gems that in the right project, he is one of the best and most unique talents out there, and a role in a film like this could be a great follow up to Uncut Gems to maintain his momentum and to show another side of his acting. It would likely break film twitter and could attract an audience that wouldn’t have usually seen this film.
Wildcard – Ana de Armas
I know Johnson said the original cast wouldn’t be returning, but de Armas was the absolute stand out of the first film, and with the way the last film ended, she could very easily use her new wealth to help Benoit Blanc solve mysteries. He did even call her his ‘Watson’…
Whoever Johnson decides to cast, this is certainly going to be one of my most anticipated films for the year it comes out (likely fall 2021) and I can’t wait to follow along with any further developments.